Is it safe for humans, or just fish? You might need to carry around your own black light too...BD
"I do doctors, attorneys, firemen, policemen, teachers, you name it," said Welch. UV ink has been on the market for five years and has received FDA approval. It does cost more than regular tattoo ink. UV inks shouldn't be confused with phosphorescent inks, which glow on their own, but
You've seen tattoos. You may even have one yourself. But have you ever seen one that glows? Microencapsulated inks are also easier and safer to remove than traditional tattoo ink.
Today, 65-percent of all tattoos done in the US are on women. They've been around for centuries, but the trends in ink change just like anything else. The newest is a "glow in the dark" tattoo. Want one? Where you go may not be as safe as you think.
"It's very important to know exactly what’s inside the tattoo ink itself," Sandy Tsao, M.D., Dermatological Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, said. "You need to do your background research and find out about it and make sure it’s what you want," Welch advised.
Some tattoo parlors advertise that they use UV ink approved by the Food and Drug Administration. A dangerous caveat often goes unnoted, however. According to the FDA, the most widely used UV inks are approved for use only as tracking liquids to be injected into fish, not as tattoo ink for human body art.